Internal and external locus of control

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Internal locus of control

internal locus of control is a personal trait that every successful person has.
People who have internal locus of control feel responsible for the outcomes they get in their lives.

A person who has internal locus of control will never say something like "I failed because the exam was hard" but instead he takes responsibility by asking himself questions such as "what was the wrong thing i did" and "how can i prevent that from happening the next time"

The person who has internal locus of control never says something like "i didn't find work because of the high unemployment rate at the country i live in" but instead tries to find out how can he improve his chances of getting a better job.

In short the person with internal locus of control does not claim that the word is a rosy place as he knows that things might be unfair sometimes but instead he focuses on solutions that he can come up with rather than blaming other factors for his failures.

External locus of control

The person who has external locus of control is the opposite of the one who has internal locus of control.

That person believes that the whole world is plotting against him, that luck exists and that life is unfair.

The main reason that person believes in luck is to explain how are there people around him succeeding while he can't. A brilliant plan that he comes up with to protect his ego and self worth.

The person who has external locus of control always blames other factors for his failures such as god's will, bad economy or lack of luck. If you feel that you have external locus of control then you must do your best to get over that self defeating thinking pattern before it ruins your life.

Internal Vs external locus of control

There is no doubt that people who have internal locus of control keep moving from a success to anther while those who have external locus keep trying to find explanations for their failures.

I am not asking you to believe that life is simple or that things can't be tough sometimes but all i am asking you is to shift your focus from the things that might have caused your failure to the things that might lead you to future success.

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